Academic Entities


California Solar Energy Collaborative (CSEC)

The mission of the California Solar Energy Collaborative (CSEC) is to assist the State of California, key stakeholders, and the Energy Commission in developing and expanding the utilization of solar power in California, consistent with the California Solar Initiative (CSI) which has set a target of installing 3000 MW of solar power generation capacity in California by 2017, and with California's overall renewable energy goals, as articulated in the Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS), and greenhouse gas reduction targets, as articulated in Assembly Bill 32.


University of California Advanced Solar Technologies  Institute (UC Solar)

UC Solar is a new multi-campus research institute made up of faculty from the University of California’s Merced, Berkeley, Santa Barbara, Davis, and San Diego campuses. UC Solar officially launched in 2010. Headquartered at UC Merced, UC Solar conducts cross-disciplinary research that leads to new and improved solar energy generation technologies and educates the energy industry and the next generation of energy scholars.

California Biomass Collaborative
California Biomass Collaborative is a statewide collaboration of government, industry, environmental groups, and educational institutions administered for the state by the University of California, Davis. Sponsored by the California Energy Commission and other agency and industry partners, the Collaborative works to enhance the sustainable management and development of biomass in California for the production of renewable energy, biofuels, and products.
UC Davis Energy Institute

 The UC Davis Energy Institute combines research, education, and outreach programs in energy science, technology, management, and policy to help facilitate this transition and provide new energy solutions. A special program within the UC Davis Office of Research, the Institute focuses and coordinates energy research and education across the campus and partners with other campus, state, national, and international centers and institutes.


Environmental Energy Technologies Division

Berkeley Lab's Environmental Energy Technologies Division perform research and development leading to better energy technologies that reduce adverse energy-related environmental impacts. Its work increases the efficiency of energy use, reduces its environmental effects, provides the nation with environmental benefits, and helps developing nations achieve similar goals through technical advice.The Division carries out research in advanced energy technologies, atmospheric sciences, energy-efficient building technologies; energy analysis; and indoor environmental quality.


The University of California Energy Institute

The University of California Energy Institute (UCEI), located on the Berkeley campus, is a multi-campus research unit of the University of California system. Since its inception in 1980, UCEI's mission has been to foster research and educate students and policy makers on energy issues that are crucial to the future of California, the nation, and the world.


The USC Energy Institute

The USC Energy Institute (USCEI) is a university-wide integrated research endeavor that facilitates a dialogue among researchers which enables research teams to inform stakeholders and decision-makers in the government, private sector and the public about conventional and alternative fuels, energy efficiency, the impacts of climate change and pollution, and the economic and policy implications of the transition to a new energy paradigm over the next decade.


UC San Diego: UC San Diego is an academic powerhouse and economic engine, recognized as one of the top 10 public universities by U.S. News and World Report.


The UC Merced Energy Research Institute

The UC Merced Energy Research Institute (UCMERI) is based at the University of California, Merced—the first American research university to be built in the 21st century and the 10th UC campus. UCMERI conducts cross-disciplinary research that: Leads to new and improved renewable and sustainable energy generation technologies. Sets the standard for institutional energy efficiency and sustainable energy futures. Educates the energy industry and the next generation of energy scholars and practitioners.Examines domestic and global energy policy.

Currently, more than a dozen UC Merced professors from the Schools of Engineering, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts are conducting UCMERI-related research.


The Energy Institute

The Energy Institute at Haas is a joint venture of the Haas School of Business and the UC Energy Institute that brings together research and curricular programs on energy business, policy and technology commercialization. The goal of EI @ Haas is to bridge the gap between the frontiers of economic and scientific energy research and the marketplace.


University of California Advanced Solar Technologies Institute (UC Solar)

UC Solar faculty, students and postdoctoral researchers are dedicated to designing and developing innovative solar energy generation technologies that are more efficient, more affordable, and the first choice for California and the world. UC Solar is made up of participants from the University of California’s Merced, Berkeley, Santa Barbara, Davis, and San Diego campuses, and it is supported by research grants, philanthropic gifts, and corporate sponsors.